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Columbia, we have a problem - window panes falling from upper floor of historic building

2019-02-15 - Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener,
The former Lerman's Department Store building on the Columbia public square has been empty for several years and, in the absence of responses, ownership has come into question. Window panes are falling out onto the sidewalk, creating a danger to the public. The City has been called to clear broken glass where window panes have crashed onto the sidewalk on the Jamestown Street side and onto Reed Street in the back. Radio station manager Larry Joe Smith has called on new Columbia Mayor Pamela Hoots to start the process of condemnation. He said it worked for downtown Campbellsville where historic buildings once looked much like this one but are now being restored one after another. He said, "someone has to take the lead, I love my towns of Columbia and Campbellsville and I don't want to see this particular building left deteriorating, with birds flying in through the missing windows, for one more day without hope. I call on Mayor Hoots to get this historic landmark condemned so it can be saved." In a conversation with the Mayor this week, she said the process is under study now. In the pictures, the building is shown fronting on the square, and the inset shows Jamestown Street side where windows are missing.

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